Ernie Eves government congratulates leaders in apprenticeship training

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Ernie Eves government congratulates leaders in apprenticeship training

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

TORONTO, March 6 /CNW/ - The Ernie Eves government is recognizing the work of four businesses that have made a significant contribution to the province's apprenticeship training system, Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities said today.
The businesses were recognized at the first ever Minister's Apprenticeship Employers Recognition and Awards Dinner, held at George Brown College's School of Hospitality.
"I applaud DOFASCO Inc., ATS Automated Tooling Systems Inc., Ryder Logistics and Transportation Solutions Worldwide, and Shelley Machine and Marine Inc for their support of apprenticeship training in Ontario," Cunningham said.
The four were part of a group of 28 businesses nominated for their leadership in skills training.
"These businesses have not only contributed to the development of standards for training in specific skilled trades, but are actively providing opportunities for more people to become apprentices and promoting skilled trades as a rewarding career," Cunningham added.
The Ontario government is committed to doubling the number of people entering the apprenticeship training system to ensure the economy has the skilled workers needed to compete in a global economy.
"Ontarians should have an opportunity to work and develop their skills in their own communities. That is why the Provincial government believes in province-wide access to leading-edge apprenticeship and training programs," Cunningham said.

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Ministry of Training, Ministère de la Formation
Colleges and Universities et des Collèges et Universités

March 6, 2003

NEW ONTARIO AWARD RECOGNIZES EXCELLENCE IN STAFF TRAINING

The Ernie Eves government recognizes the work of four businesses that have made a significant contribution to the development of the province's apprenticeship training system. The businesses were recognized at the annual Minister's Apprenticeship Employers Recognition and Awards Dinner, held at the School of Hospitality, George Brown College. The four were part of a group of 28 businesses nominated for their leadership in the apprenticeship training system.
The businesses receiving trophies for their support of apprenticeship training are:

ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. designs, develops and supports advanced automated manufacturing systems. The company has been in business since 1978 and has operations throughout North America, Europe and Asia, with headquarters in Cambridge. It has hired and trained apprentices since 1981.
Apprenticeship training is used as a key tool for staff skills development, and many former apprentices are now employed in senior positions with the company. The company has been a contributor to training programs at Conestoga College and Skills Canada-Ontario, which promotes careers in skilled trades. ATS' plant manager is a member of the ministry's precision machining and tooling industry committee.

Dofasco Inc. is a highly successful fully integrated steel producer and solutions in steel service provider, serving customers throughout North America from facilities in Canada, the United States and Mexico, with headquarters in Hamilton. The company has been in business since 1912 and has trained apprentices since 1949.
Dofasco supports the second-largest industrial apprentice-training program in the province and sees apprenticeship training as a valuable investment in their future workforce. Their apprenticeship program through the Canadian Steel Trade and Employment Congress and Mohawk College has served as a model for other companies.
Staff from Dofasco participate on the ministry's industry committees for industrial mechanic millwright, industrial electrician and hoisting engineer. Dofasco has also been proactive in recognizing the shortage of possible candidates in the area of skilled trades and thus has been actively involved with the community in promoting skilled trades as an exciting, challenging and rewarding career choice for youth.

Ryder Logistics & Transportation Solutions Worldwide is an international transportation and supply chain company. It has been in business in Canada since 1957, with operations worldwide and Ontario headquarters in Mississauga. Ryder has been involved in apprenticeship training since 1978, with many past apprentices still with the company in senior positions.
This company has been a strong supporter of the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program and created a local motive power program in partnership with school boards. Ryder actively promotes apprenticeship training through the Ontario Trucking Association. The company's regional maintenance manager serves on the ministry's industry committee for truck and coach technician.

Shelley Machine and Marine Inc. is a machine and marine repair service located in Sarnia, with one of the largest plant facilities of this type in southwestern Ontario. The company has been in business since 1973, when it also began training apprentices. More than half of its staff has either completed apprenticeship training or are apprentices. The company's first apprentice is now a co-owner.
Shelley Machine & Marine is an active supporter of the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program. In 2001 the company won the Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Excellence Award. Their plant manager serves on the ministry's apprenticeship industry committee for industrial mechanic millwright.

In addition to these four employers, the Ontario government recognized the following organizations for their contributions to the apprenticeship training system:

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A.V. Gauge & Fixture Oldcastle
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Abba Systems Inc. Brantford
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Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL) Chalk River
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Autohaus Orangeville Orangeville
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Batchewana First Nation of Ojibways Sault Ste. Marie
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Bowman Electric Ltd. Kenora
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Canadian Progressive Tool & Transfer Ltd. Pickering
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Cedarbrae Volkswagen (1990) Ltd. Scarborough
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Dan Racicot Electric Ltd. Timmins
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Donnelly Ford Lincoln Service Centre Ottawa
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Fairmont Royal York Toronto
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Goodturn Ride Centres Hamilton
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Grenville Castings Ltd. Merrickville
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Halla Climate Control Canada Inc. Belleville
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Hewitt (Brockville) Ltd. Brockville
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Holiday Inn Peterborough Waterfront Peterborough
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Ironworkers Local 786 Sault Ste Marie
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Kriska Holdings Ltd. Prescott
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Long Lake Forest Products Inc. Longlac
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M2M International Ltd. Wallaceburg
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R.E.G. Mining Parts & Equipment Co. Ltd. Chelmsford
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Rector Machine Works Ltd. Sault Ste. Marie
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Robert Dickson Mechanical Developments Ltd. Huntsville
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The State Group Commercial Ltd. Toronto
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Media Contact:
Dave Ross
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
(416) 325-2709

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For further information: Media Contacts: Dave Ross, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, (416) 325-2709; Andrew Benett, Minister's Office, (416) 326-5748